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Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Pericardiocentesis
Pericardiocentesis is removal of fluid from the sack surrounding the heart and is quite easy.
Ultrasound is usually used to localize the sack around the heart and a long needle is inserted below the breast bone and through the outer layer around the heart, fluid is then removed to relieve pressure around the heart . It takes only a few minutes.

In brief: Pericardiocentesis
Pericardiocentesis is removal of fluid from the sack surrounding the heart and is quite easy.
Ultrasound is usually used to localize the sack around the heart and a long needle is inserted below the breast bone and through the outer layer around the heart, fluid is then removed to relieve pressure around the heart . It takes only a few minutes.
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